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Text of Urging the Republic of Turkey to safeguard its Christian heritage and to return confiscated church properties.

This simple resolution was agreed to on December 13, 2011. That is the end of the legislative process for a simple resolution. The text of the bill below is as of Dec 13, 2011 (Passed the House (Engrossed)).

Source: GPO

IV

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 306

In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

December 13, 2011

RESOLUTION

Urging the Republic of Turkey to safeguard its Christian heritage and to return confiscated church properties.

That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the Secretary of State, in all official contacts with Turkish leaders and other Turkish officials, should emphasize that Turkey should—

(1)

end all forms of religious discrimination;

(2)

allow the rightful church and lay owners of Christian church properties, without hindrance or restriction, to organize and administer prayer services, religious education, clerical training, appointments, and succession, religious community gatherings, social services, including ministry to the needs of the poor and infirm, and other religious activities;

(3)

return to their rightful owners all Christian churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools, hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious properties, including movable properties, such as artwork, manuscripts, vestments, vessels, and other artifacts; and

(4)

allow the rightful Christian church and lay owners of Christian church properties, without hindrance or restriction, to preserve, reconstruct, and repair, as they see fit, all Christian churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools, hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious properties within Turkey.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.